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Metakirb

Thokk's Lands XIX

Far from the town there is a small coastal village.  It is quaint and unremarkable save for a single thing.  Over looking the village is a magnificently large castle on a hill.  These are Thokk's lands.

At least they were.  Currently the castle and surrounding fields are controlled by Nadine and her kids.

Nadine and Elyea live here.  They're rather sweet.

Somewhere around here Dei and Jeska live in sin with a teenager.  Good for them. Not anymore they don't! She buggered off.

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Ary sits down by Elyea and eats her sandwich.
Who

Nom nom nom, Elyea's a terribly messy eater.

"Sounded like that guy could help."
Metakirb

Yeah, but Kar said he wasn't a good guy, and he wants my powers in exchange for helping.
Who

"Yeah but if he can do it there must be other people who can."
Metakirb

She nods a little.

I hope so.
Who

"Come on, cheer up. There's going to be a way to fix you."

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Rabbit admires the garden, at a loss for things to say.
Metakirb

Yeah. You're right. There is, somewhere.
Who

"That's the spirit! No stupid hand's going to eat my best friend."
Metakirb

Ary starts laughing.
Who

Elyea grins. She kicks ass at cheering people up.

"Come on, lets go find something to do."
Metakirb

Ary nods.
Obscurejones

Nadine shrugs and tries halfheartedly to whack Rabbit in the head with the non pointy end of her rake.
Who

He casually ducks it, having rather gotten in to the rhythm of Nadine's random violence.

----

Off Elyea goes, galumphing down corridors and opening doors at random looking for something interesting.
Metakirb

Ary follows Elyea.
Obscurejones

In one Room Kar is reading.  In another Thokk is exercising.  In a third, Squee is meditating.
Who

Well those aren't fun interesting things. Especially not Thokk. So I guess they just end up back at Elyea's, still at least she can feed Birdie now.
Metakirb

Ary sits down by her.
Who

"Wanna see something neat?"
Metakirb

She nods.
Who

Shiftily looking around Elyea reaches under her bed and pulls out two bottles of booze she filched from the kitchen! I'm sure her mother would be very disappointed.
Metakirb

Where'd you get those?
Who

"Took them from the kitchen before."
Metakirb

We should put them back...
Who

"Yeah we probably should. Too bad we already opened them."

With a syllable of truespeech the drinks pop open.
Metakirb

Elyea!
Who

"Oh come on, try it."

Elyea decides to lead by example and takes a swig from one of the bottles.
Metakirb

I... Um... I guess...

She takes a sip from the other bottle.
Obscurejones

Dear, if you get an infected goddess drunk in my castle I'll mentally regress you back to when you were cute and only used your powers for cake.
Who

With a yell and a flash the beverages vanish back from whence they came.

"I can't believe you're spying on me!"
Obscurejones

I can't believe you're not smart enough to even try a warding charm.  I raised you cleverer than that at least.
Who

"Leave me alone!"
Obscurejones

Nadine mentally nods but not before paralyzing Elyea's vocal chords.  She's grounded.

Rabbit will see Nadine giggling.
Who

Now he's nervous, Nadine giggling is never a good thing.

"What's so funny?"
Metakirb

So what now?
Obscurejones

Nadine shakes her head.  It's a secret.
Who

Elyea tries to respond but is obviously stymied after a minute of panicked flailing she heads for her door, off to see her mother! And Clark I guess!
Metakirb

Ary follows her.
Obscurejones

Nadine looks mildly fearfully towards the hallway and leaps into a tree.  Shifts herself into camouflage.  Chameleon like.
Who

"Elyea?"

She nods, pointing to her throat and trying and failing to talk to prove her point.
Obscurejones

Nadine relaxes the control, letting Elyea speak.
Who

"What's wrong?"

"Mum stopped me from talking!"

Rabbit looks up in to the tree.

"Is that true?"
Obscurejones

The tree is a tree!  But yeah, it's probably true.
Who

"I saw you climb up there, there's no point pretending."

Assuming Nadine's continued silence Clark turns back to his 'daughter'

"What did you do?"

"I didn't do anything!"
Obscurejones

She was sneaking booze.
Who

"Elyea!"

"Oh come on...it was two bottles."

"It doesn't matter how many there were. Go to your room."
Obscurejones

So... We're punishing her by sending her to the place where she voluntarily was a minute ago?
Who

He's not good at this is he?

"Well you do it then."

Elyea starts backing towards the door, hoping she can slink away with her 'father's' meagre punishment.
Obscurejones

Nadine drops from her tree.
To the salt mines with you!
Who

Damn, so close. She stops just short of the door.

"Do we even have a salt mine?"

I mean you can never tell if it's serious with Nadine.
Obscurejones

We have several.  But I was more worried about what's beneath them.  Go practice maintaining the Castle's principle enchantment.  Clark can show you the way if you need.
Who

"I know where to go."

And off she goes, grumbling a little at what I'm sure is some kind of chore.
Metakirb

Ary follows her.
Obscurejones

More of a test than a chore.  It's usually maintained by archmages.  Nadine's wondering if Elyea can do it.
Who

We'll see then wont we. Am I to assume Elyea's had no past instruction on this?
Obscurejones

I'd assume she's aware of it and has seen the enchantments performed, albeit with a system of magic she doesn't use.
Who

Well when she gets there she'll try and replicate what she's seen with her Truespeech. Where is she heading anyway?
Obscurejones

Remember ages ago there was a big floating rock in the nethers of the castle?  There was a giant meeting there once?  And then Rabbit had to clear gremlins off of it?
Who

Elyea walks up to it, reaching out to prod it with her finger.

"Hey castle."
Obscurejones

There is a faint sympathetic hum at the touch, a subtle warmth emanating from the stone.
Metakirb

Ary just kinda stands behind Elyea, looking around and not doing much else.
Who

Dynamic aint she?

"Okay this isn't going to be what you're used to but please don't explode or anything?"

With that Elyea focuses, her voice taking on a certain resonance as her magic stretches over the sphere trying to ascertain what it is she actually has to do.

<Analyse>
Obscurejones

The Stone is... A lock.  And alive.  And a box.  And a soul.  And dead.  And a god.  And a ghost.  And a stone.
Who

"Okay that's kinda weird...Umm <Maintain>"
Obscurejones

The various metal bands that encircle the stone look a little shinier.
Who

"Okay....did that work? Was that what I was supposed to do?"

She places a hand flat on the stone again, seeing if she can get another response from it.
Obscurejones

The stone hums but doesn't seem entirely content.
Who

"That's a no then. Would it have killed someone to write down the instructions? Maybe I'm just not using the right word..."

Elyea takes a few steps back, pondering.
Metakirb

Didn't anyone tell you what to do?
Who

"I've seen people do it but that was different magic."
Obscurejones

Fun with vocabulary!
Metakirb

Should we go back and ask?
Who

"No, I'll work this out. How about....<restore>"
Obscurejones

There's an unsettling throb and the bands encircling the stone begin to creak and warp as the stone seems to swell.
Who

"Oh crapcrapcrapcrap <Stop!>"
Obscurejones

The hum stops entirely, but a few rocks fall from the ceiling, the castle creaking and groaning.
Metakirb

Are you sure?
Who

Elyea really starts to panic now, she's killed the bloody thing.

"Oh god...I've screwed this up. You're a god. Do something!"
Metakirb

Umm... tell it to start?
Who

<Start!>

Wait...how does Ary know what Elyea's been saying?
Obscurejones

Divine awareness!

The humming returns, muted but steady.
Metakirb

Either that or a guess.

Is that good?
Who

"Well it's better than a second ago."

----

There's a knock knocking on the castle door.

"Um hello?"
Obscurejones

With a sigh the door slides open.
Who

Erou wanders through the corridors, periodically shouting Kar's name in an effort to draw his attention.
Obscurejones

A small black wolf pup starts following her through the castle.
Who

Erou stops, kneeling down to face the pup.

"Kar? Is that you?"
Obscurejones

The puppy gives her its most innocent look.
Who

She gently tries to pick it up in her arms.

"I know it's you."
Obscurejones

The puppy shakes its head.  It is clearly not a person.  That would be silly.
Metakirb

So what now?
Who

"I should probably go tell Mum first."

---

Erou smiles and pets the silly puppy. Attempting to find Kar's room at the same time.
Metakirb

Ary nods.
Obscurejones

Kar's door is open.  An open book rests on his big comfy chair.
Who

Erou heads for the chair, taking a peak at Kar's book of choice.

---

Off Elyea goes to find her mother. She's fairly sure she's not doomed the castle but it's best to check.
Metakirb

Ary follows Elyea.
Obscurejones

Nadine's at a mirror checking on the various systems and areas of the castle.

Aristotle's Nichmachean Ethics.  So you know, just a light summery book.
Who

"I did it. I think."

---

She nudges it off the chair.

"When did you become this booky?"
Obscurejones

The puppy just stares at her.  Books are good for you Erou.  They make your brain stronger.

You did... Some things.  And some stuff.  You didn't kill it completely.
Who

"Come on, change back. I don't know how long I've got."

----

"Is there some instructions for that? I had no idea what to do."
Obscurejones

The puppy sighs and flows into her boyfriend.  Kisses her on the cheek.
Sorry.  Just a bit of fun.



Not... Hugely.  I'm not the magic one in the family.  He left ages ago.  But it seems to have... Evened out.  You can try again next week.

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